Aloha Wil, thank you for everything! I want to let others know how well of a job you have done. My late brother, O'Brian Eselu was posthumously inducted in to the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame on May 1, 2016 at an event titled "A LEI OF STARS". It was held at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom and O'Brian was one of seven being inducted on that day.
I found Wil on Google under his Company name, MCD MultiMedia. I telephoned Wil and he returned my call and we started communicating. Before our first meeting I did review his website and checked out his work. My first impressions was his professionalism, his knowledge and expertise in the world of photography.
On the day of event there was a special aura lingering. As the inductee's and their guests slowly gathered in the foyer before the doors opened, Wil immediately went in to photographer mode. My brother's former students from his Halau, Na Wai Eha O Puna and Ke Kai O Kahiki arrived and supporters from musicians he recorded and performed with, recording label agents he produce music for, his Halau Aunty's and others. It was a nice time to be there, on a day we Hawaiian's call, "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii" and the lei's did not disappoint, it filled the room with the sweet scent of an abundant of flower garlands.
Wil never stopped clicking the camera from beginning to end. He stayed longer than I hired him for, from a 3 hour gig that ended to be a 6 hour world-wind of a Hawaiian experience. Wil captured everything in sight and most important he captured the aloha, camaraderie and family feel that O'Brian has instilled in his students and in his halau. As the event reunited the Halau from students that started in 1979 to my brother's passing in 2012, the pictures reflect that continuing heart beat of aloha and the sense of connection between the students no matter what year it may have been. They all connected. The pictures reveal old stories were remembered, happy experiences with their Kumu never forgotten and the love is forever that will connect all of them.
To top it all off, Wil has surprised me by saying he has produced an short YOUTUBE video that I can GOOGLE on HAWAIIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME - O'Brian Eselu. I did check it out and WOW. Those of you searching for a photographer you can GOOGLE it too.
Thank you again Wil. I wish you all the best and I will call you again!
Aloha and Mahalo nui loa,